Chromotherapy is an alternative medicine that studies the correlation between color and well-being of body and mind
Chromotherapy is an alternative medicine that focuses on the therapeutic use of colors in order to improve a person's quality of life and, in certain cases, treat problems or diseases. Despite not having a proven scientific foundation, chromotherapy appears to be one of the oldest traditions in the world, and uses the somewhat magical and mysterious power of color to positively affect the body and mind.
According to the advocates of chromotherapy, color can help the person to find a lost balance, and therefore support it during a healing process.
The origins of this alternative therapy go back even to Ancient Egypt, where the color found a large space of application within the places in charge of patient care. The Egyptians attributed their knowledge of chromotherapy to the god Thot, and surrounded their patients with colors, colored ointments, minerals and stones so that they could balance the unbalanced elements that, according to contemporary beliefs, had made the person sick. According to their theory, a patient suffering from some type of stomach pain would have found relief from applying the correct color to the abdomen.
Historians claim that five thousand years ago chromotherapy was widespread practice: the Similaun mummy, a famous mummified body found in the Italian Alps, wore signs of tattoos in areas where experts have identified signs of arthritis.
Further on, in Ancient Greece, the population associated the strength of the elements with the colors, attributing to them a very precise association with the type of ailment that they could have cured. From this period come the "four moods" that humanity has continued until the Middle Ages. Yellow bile, red blood, phlegm, white, and black bile: balancing these four properties of the body meant great health and prosperity.
Ayurveda still takes into high consideration the use of colors, also and especially in the kitchen, as well as the millennial tradition of China. The belief that an accumulation of color can restore an individual's health has been passed down for many centuries and somehow survives even today.
Modern chromotherapy experts attribute its miraculous results to the oscillatory nature of cells: according to them, diseases are a "disharmony" that can be cured through the harmonization of pure color.
Does chromotherapy work?
While not offering scientifically reliable medical therapy, the psychological benefits of chromotherapy are known and particularly appreciated even today because they show concrete improvements in mood and help to concentrate, relax or escape from everyday life. That's why in recent years more and more experts and magazines advise to furnish your home according to the principles of feng shui and color theory. It is undeniable that a bedroom furnished with light and delicate colors will instill a feeling of relaxation in the right person. The subjectivity of this theory, however, according to which each person reacts in a personal and unique way to color, requires a personal study of the same, and an introspective analysis that will be different for each one. There is no denying, however, that an environment furnished according to color and taste will significantly improve the mood of those who experience it, reducing stress and, above all, providing a safe haven where to return after a hectic day.